Aapta Salaha Kendra

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A recent study has revealed a shocking prevalence of mental stress in Bharat. At least 13.7 percent of Bharat’s general population has been projected to be suffering from a variety of mental stress, and 10.6 percent of this requires immediate intervention. In all, nearly 150 million are in need of active support. The stats say that for every ten thousand of the mentally stressed population there are only 0.8 trained counselling support available.

Helping hand to the needy at critical time in their life will go a long way in bringing a smile on the faces of the affected people. It is important for every one of us to extend any possible help and support to our fellow humans during their time of contingency.

Keeping all these things in mind,–a voluntary organization supported by enthusiastic volunteers formed Aapta Salaha Kendra┬« (ASK). “ASK” works towards networking with the parenting people (aapta salahakar) in our neighborhood to help the distressed, needy people to bring them out from their mentally stressed life and experience beautiful life.

ASK is an attempt to build a network of wise and mature people who will be the “ear to hear” some of these issues and resolve them based on their own life experiences and wisdom. These trained ‘well-wishers’ can be contacted for ANY advice (no fees charged, confidentiality maintained). The Professors at NIMHANS, Samadhana (an Organization working in counselling field) and other elders will regularly guide this network.

Each of us have the ability to become “aapta salahakar”. It only needs commitment, passion and willingness to help the needy. If any of you are interested to volunteer your services and work as “aapta salahakar” please register yourself with this website and we will approach you for further discussions.

Our Vision  

The society is undergoing a lot of changes in all spheres of life, like, technological, economical, social, emotional etc. That has also created numerous social ills, such as, depression, anxiety, tension in interpersonal relationship, drug addiction, suicidal tendency, divorce etc. The grand vision of ASK is to work towards creating a healthy society by finding solutions and implementing them through a network of voluntary Lay Counselors (LCs) and using advanced technology. The LCs are senior, experienced, mature, responsible citizens who are concerned and have interest in the upliftment of the society. The service is free of charge.

Our Mission  

Helping hand to the needy at critical time in their life will go a long way in bringing smile on the faces of the affected people. It is important for every one of us to extend any possible help and support to our fellow humans during their time of contingency.

Our Objectives

  • To identify, contact, select, inspire, train, support citizens, who are socially aware and responsible, more precisely the seniors as "Lay Counselors (LCs), who can lend a sympathetic ear, emotionally guide and support people with mental illness just like how grandma, grandpa, and aunt used to in good old days.
  • To lend the sympathetic ear to all the spectrum of people, irrespective of caste, creed, religion, language, sex, age, etc. through the trained LCs.
  • To create a website, help center for ASK, and help needy people to contact ASK.
  • To create training module to train LCs in association with expert institutions like NIMHANS, SAMADHANA and others in the field of Psychology and conduct training sessions by experts.
  • To conduct certified courses in association with other institutions, universities (Govt./Private) independently for the LCs.
  • To educate the society about mental health and empowering women. This will be achieved by creating awareness by conducting seminars / workshops, lectures, distributing leaflets etc, on issues related to life skills, preparing for life’s uncertainties, adolescent issues, drug addiction. suicidal tendencies, Marital issues, pre- pregnancy awareness sessions, publication etc involving eminent personalities.
  • To conduct one to one counselling session for people who are undergoing the agony of mental problems.
  • To work towards the rehabilitation of such people post therapy/counselling.

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